Vikings Draft 2020: Seven-round dark horse mock draft

(Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images) Derrek Tuszka
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Fifth Round (Pick No. 168)

David Woodward – LB (Utah State)

With many of the potential holes on the defense filled up, the Vikings need to start looking at positions that need depth. Linebacker is one of those sneaky needs as Eric Wilson is a restricted free agent with a second-round tender and Kentrell Brothers is no longer on the roster.

Although Minnesota will likely keep Wilson unless someone breaks the bank, they still need a linebacker to fill the Brothers role of both backing up Eric Kendricks and battling Cameron Smith for a roster spot.

David Woodward is another prospect in this class who has the talent to go much higher, but injury concerns have pushed him down the board.

While these red flags include a vertebrae fracture, several concussions, and an undisclosed injury that sidelined him for a good portion of last season, he’s a player that uses his smarts to get all over the field when he’s on it.

At this point in the draft, everything should be on the board for the Vikings. With this in mind, they should be taking shots on players with a fair amount of upside. We already pegged one player with that mindset with Muti and Woodward could be another player that could develop into a fine depth piece with the potential for more.